Is Lola Francisca still alive?
Lola Francisca has lived through the reigns of all the presidents of the Philippines – yes, since Emilio Aguinaldo’s presidency in 1899 up to this year’s Duterte administration. She was born before the Philippines gained independence and witnessed both World Wars. (How cool is that?!)
Who is the real first president of the Philippines?
There have been 15 Presidents of the Philippines from the establishment of the office on January 23, 1899, in the Malolos Republic. President Emilio Aguinaldo is the inaugural holder of the office and held the position until March 23, 1901, when he was captured by the Americans during the Philippine-American War.
How old is the Philippines?
Some 50 million years ago, the archipelago was formed by volcanic eruptions. About 30,000 years ago the earliest inhabitants had arrived from the Asian mainland, perhaps over land bridges built during the ice ages.